Dine Out for Dakota

Dine out for Dakota West Seattle Junction
Dine Out For Dakota

Save the Date! Dine out for Dakota on December 12th

The Urban Homestead Foundation is partnering with West Seattle restaurants on December 12th for a Dine Out event that will help raise money for the purchase of a property located at 50th and Dakota, across the street from Genesee Hill Elementary school.


This property will be the location of the Dakota Homestead and will be developed into a vibrant corner of sustainable green practices and urban agriculture, providing a place to celebrate our natural resources through demonstration gardens, classes and seasonal events.


The space will also serve as a food hub and seed lending library, connecting neighbors with each other and local farmers. In addition, the land will provide a wild space for schools to use as curriculum enrichment in topics such as edible gardening, urban wildlife, seasonal cooking, crafting and home finances.


Junction restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of food sales towards the purchase of this property during the Dine out for Dakota event from 5 to 8pm on December 12th: Great American Diner and Bar, Falafel Salam, Matador, and (Admiral District) Mission Cantina.  Enjoy a night out and support these local businesses who are helping the Foundation achieve their goal of preserving the Dakota Homestead forever! For more information about the Urban Homestead Foundation or to donate to the cause, please visit their website at: www.urbanhomesteadfoundation.org



Shop Late Thursdays

Join the Junction Merchants for Shop Late Thursdays. All through the month of December, many of our stores will be open later hours for you to enjoy an evening in the Junction.

On Thursday, December 14th we’ll have Santa in the Junction from 5pm to 8pm. He’ll be bringing lots of holiday cheer and will have plenty of time to listen to girls and boys wishes. Bring your camera for some DIY photos. Also on Thursday, we’ll be hosting The Silver Belles, eight ladies dancing and singing a cappella! Bringing you non-traditional holiday entertainment in the Pacific Northwest. Find them in the Junction from 5pm to 7pm.

The other shop late Thursday dates are December 7th and 21st!

We’ll be updating you on participating stores and specials, so come back to see what we’ve listed.

Carmilia’s Open late with truck shows.

The Discovery Shop 25% off all jewelry.

Virago Gallery All fine art work in the gallery is 10% off each Thursday in Dec! Trunkshow and opening for the 14th.

VAIN Open until 8pm. Pick up the most sought after item, a gift card. Give them what they really want a fresh new style to greet the new year! The VAIN Instagram has great examples of what we are up to in the salon.

Menashe and Sons Open late. Official Santa stop on December 14th.

Click! Design that Fits Open late with oodles of unique gifts.

Emerald Water Anglers Open late December 14th and 21st. On the 14th stop by for the holiday party.

City Mouse Open until 7pm and all Tea Collection clothing is on sale!

Pegasus Book Exchange Open late till 8pm.

Easy Street Records Will be opened until 10pm on Thursday. 12/14. EASY STREET’S USED VINYL SALE: 29%! OFF ALL USED VINYL….BEGINS WEDNESDAY, 12/13.

Fleurt Open late till 6pm. Lot’s of unique gifts.

CAPERS Open late for gifts galore.

City Mouse Open late till 8pm on December 7th.

Wallflower Custom Framing Open late. Bring in unique items for holiday framing. An official Carolers stop on December 14th.

West Seattle Verizon Open late December 14th and 21st with dazzling deals on phones.

Funky Janes Offering 40% off Holiday items including accessories and continuing our it’s cold outside sale with 25% off sweaters and coats including cashmere

Northwest Art & Frame Open LATE till 9pm including the weekends!

Beehive Salon Open until 8pm on Thursday evenings plus buy any 3 retail items and receive 10% off now through December 30.


Holiday Night Market a West Seattle New Favorite

Sat, Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm
Alaska St will be closed once again for the night market!  Shop at the holiday market under the twinkling lights with a festival air. Artists and local makers hand-picked by Alki Art Fair and the Farmers Market, will bring holiday cheer to the neighborhood.  Have your pictures taken with Santa who will be warmly nestled in the night market. Bring your own camera for lots of fun holiday pictures. Westside Baby will be at the Santa house collecting diapers.

The Student Council from Hope Lutheran will be helping little hands decorate wooden snowflake ornaments for the West Seattle tree. Watch for them in the Holiday Market across from the Christmas tree. Join Westside School in their booth for pine cone crafts for our feathered friends .

Junction favorite Bakery Nouveau will have delicious baked good just in time for family parties. Funky Janes may have some extra sparkle in their booth, a fantastic way to treat yourself!

Pick up your holiday wreath from Holy Rosary. A great way to start the holiday season while supporting a local school.

Enjoy some cocoa and cookies by Whole Foods and holiday eggnog by Darigold. See the full list of folks who will be bringing you cheer during the Holiday Night Market. So bundle up and shop early.  Remember, the tree lighting starts at 5pm on December 2nd at Junction Plaza Park!

Holy Rosary SchoolWreaths/Garland
Erose CreationsCreative gifts
Dream DinnersGifts and easy dinners
Jon Boy CaramelsPackaged Food
Honest BiscuitsPackaged Food
Timber City Ginger BeerGinger Beer
BasilicHand painted baby clothes, original art, and prints
Heidi Fish SwimwearHandmade Anti aging creams and serums
Bakery NouveauPackaged Baked Goods
Funky JanesAccessories
Pinned & PennedHoliday cards, gift tags and packaging
Alki Beach GlassWire wrapped alki beach glass and stone jewelries
Hope LutheranOrnaments
Its Cathy WuGreeting cards, stickers, art prints
Westside SchoolPinecones
Seola Bee CompanyHoney
Alki Art FairTshirts for Alki Art Fair
Dreke DesignsHandmade wood turned wine stoppers, bottle openers, coffee scoops and plates
SantaTake a picture with Santa!
Westside BabyBring diapers
Whole FoodsCocoa/Cookies


The Holidays Kick Off at Junction True Value

West Seattle Junction


Join Junction True Value Hardware’s annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4747 44th Avenue SW in West Seattle.
They will be holding the ugly sweater contest again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The winner receives a $100 Junction True Value Gift Card! Enjoy homemade cookies; hot apple cider; free popcorn; free gifts; and spin-to-win prizes. Enter drawings for an Orca cooler and a boy’s bike and girl’s bike.

Once again, they will have a donation area set up to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable, canned and packaged foods to the Christmas Open House. They have a big container to fill!

Junction True Value Hardware truly appreciates your business. They look forward to seeing you at the Open House.




Small Business Saturday



Saturday, November 25th

The West Seattle Junction merchants who serves local customers, is proud to support Small Business Saturday this Nov 25.

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 to help strengthen local economies. Today, it’s a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to your favorite diner — because it’s unique small businesses, like the kind you find in the West Seattle Junction, that help local communities stay vibrant.

Shopping during Small Business Saturday is a great way to show the community you care about small businesses. Check out the Junction’s Shop Small specials:

Easy Street Records                                                                                       

Record Store Day exclusives on sale through Saturday with customer giveaways and $5 grab bags (3 new records in a bag).

John L Scott

Miki’s coffee hour kick-off for Small Business Saturday in the Junction! On Small Business Saturday from 10am to 11am, enter the drawing to win great gifts from your local businesses.

The Discovery Shop

Shop Small Business Saturday at The Discovery Shop, with 40% off all clothing sale.

Thunder Road Guitars                  

Celebrating the 6th anniversary of Thunder Road Guitars during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday weekend. 15% off most guitars, amplifiers, and pedals.

Virago Gallery                  

Print give a ways for Small Business Saturday with a purchase! Virago is hosting a happy hour kimomo party with deep discounts from 5 to 8pm. Details: www.viragogallery.com/events/2017/11/15/a-night-of-100-kimonos-by-saltaire-vintage

Sound and Fog

Shop at Sound & Fog to save on tax! No taxes on wine bottle purchases for Small Business Saturday.

Community Acupuncture Project             

For returning patients, CAP is offering packs of 5 treatments for $80.

Curious Kidstuff                              

Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase during Small Business Saturday (this offer does not include Lego or label products).

Funky Janes                      

Funky Janes will be offering 25% off the entire store Friday – Sunday.  Discounts of 40% off the entire store Friday the 24th 10:30-12:00 and Saturday the 25th 10:30-12:00.


Jans Beauty Supply                        

Receive 20% off any single product with the mention of Small Business Saturday.


Carmilia’s will be offering 15% off apparel both Friday and Saturday.

School of Rock                  

33 1/3% off 2018 summer camps during Small Business Saturday

Details: t.e2ma.net/message/493c4/scmbxg

Click! Design that Fits

25% off Audio Pro T3 Speaker, the bluetooth speaker handily filling the shop with tunes at Click!:

Details: clickdesignthatfits.com/products/audio-pro-addon-t3-portable-bluetooth-speaker-green

20% all Fatboy bean bag chairs, including special orders

Details: clickdesignthatfits.com/products/original-fatboy-bean-bag-chair



Junction Happy Hour drink specials during Small Business Saturday (and beyond). Beer, wines and certain cocktails are all only $5 during Happy Hour from 4-6pm.


Revealing a remodel to share with the West Seattle community, and especially with everyone that comes out for Shop Small on Saturday.

Fleurt will be open 9:30am to 6pm with these great deals!!!!

Everyone that visits Fleurt on Saturday gets a gift! AND with a $100 purchase, customers will receive a free mini plant.                With a $150 purchase, customers will receive a free candle. $200 purchase customers will receive a large plant. Throughout the day, lucky door prizes and a raffle for a gift basket.

As a side note – Fleurt has extended shopping hours from now until 12/24 that includes being open 7 days a week. Open at 10am to 6pm most days.


CAPERS is offering a $10 gift card for every $50 spent and a drawing for a chance to win gifts from the shop during Small Business Saturday.

City Mouse                        

City Mouse will be offering 20% off the entire store including sale clothing and shoes. That means up to 50% off hundreds of items including Patagonia, Tea Collection, Vans, City Mouse Brand, Miles Baby, Kickee Pants and many more!

West Seattle Verizon (Sound Advice)

Small Business Saturday Savings on:

Samsung S8

Samsung S8+

Samsung Note 8

All Google Pixel 2’s

Motorola Z2 Force


Motorola Z Force

Motorola Z2 Play

Kyocera Dura Force Pro

$160 off iPad 32GB or $260 off with the purchase of any iPhone

On Cyber Monday

Apple SE 32GB will be $10/Month

Apple SE 128GB will be $15/Month

The following Phones will be FREE with a new activation through the 27th

LG K20

LG Stylo 2

Moto Z@ Play

10% off all JBL in stock (except Charge 3) which is 40% off.

Bin 41                   

A first ever Holiday Open House on Small Business Saturday. Discounts on wine accessories and a selection of handmade cards and wines all day long. In addition, special tasting from 1-4 pm. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday.

Northwest Art and Frame                           

Giving away with every purchase, a Northwest Art & Frame large reusable shopping bag to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

West Seattle Cyclery                        

For Small Business Saturday, enjoy 30% off bikes and 35% off accessories.

Wild Rose’s                       

Warm up during Small Business Saturday. Cashmere scarves are only $30.00.



West Seattle Antique Mall         

Small Business Saturday specials.  See what we have to offer!

• Spread the word about shopping at the small businesses you love. Encourage your friends and family to #ShopSmall too.
• Make sure to visit the small businesses in the Junction on Nov 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

So make it a date, invite your friends and visit the Junction this Nov 25. #ShopSmall to make a big impact in your community.

Your Voice in the Community

The Junction, Morgan, Admiral, Alki, Delridge & Westwood. Six neighborhoods with six unique challenges? How do we know that for sure? Perhaps we have common challenges and resources we never knew about? As business goes, all merchants in our neighborhoods face unique and common challenges, but have we asked the question what those challenges are? The answer begins with a grant the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Junction Association received from the Seattle Office of Economic Development to set the foundation for furthering this discussion.

This summer, we hired a communications consultant, Allison Carney to interview 25 key neighborhood members to pose a set of unique questions. Now it’s your turn to review and deepen the discussion in our first neighborhood round table.

All are welcome! You don’t need to be a business owner to attend. In fact, it’s the community that helps us understand more about business in West Seattle. Join the Chamber and Junction at Pershing Hall on October 26th to dig into the results.

Food and refreshments provided! Register here now and join in.

JuNO Needs Your Voice

West Seattle Junction

October 17, 2017 at 6-7:30 p.m.

High Point Community Center

From the Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO)

Last May, over 175 of you signed the attached document supporting amending the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Seattle 2035) to remove the single-family areas from the Junction Urban Village boundaries.  This would mean they would not be subject to the upzones proposed by the City as part of HALA/MHA.  The Junction Neighborhood Organization Land Use Committee (JLUC) submitted the proposed amendment, along with all signatures, to the City.  Other neighborhoods also submitted their own amendments.
The City is now holding two workshops at which they will gather additional feedback about the potential amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  Please consider attending and telling the City that you support an amendment that would remove the existing single-family areas from the boundaries of the Junction Urban VillageJLUC members will be attending to remind the City of our neighborhood’s previously expressed views.
The City is also using the open houses as a means to collect feedback about proposed changes allowing Accessory Dwelling Units on all single-family lots citywide.  Below is a link to further information regarding the Open Houses.


Photo Credit: West Seattle Blog

Senior Center of West Seattle Seeking Volunteers

Become a Volunteer…it’s proven to be good for you!
The power of volunteering has been documented for the last 2,500+ years, however a slew of recent research is shedding even more light onto its surprising benefits. Science now proves what great leaders and philosophers have known for years:
Here are five surprising benefits of volunteering:
-Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time
-Volunteering builds bonds and creates friends
-Experience Improved Health and Well-being
-Learn New Skills
-Know That You Can Make a Powerful Difference

The Senior Center of West Seattle has several exciting volunteer openings:
– Receptionist, Thursday afternoons 1-5pm
– BINGO Caller! Fridays 10:30-2:30pm
– Stop N’ Shop Thrift Shop, Saturdays 10-1pm
– Café & Kitchen, various openings!
We have an amazing volunteer team at the Senior Center, and it truly is an inspiring place to be!
If you are interested in making a difference in your community, and working to enhance the lives of our local senior community, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Sara, at 206-932-4044 x8, or email her at .

Harvest Fest a Neighborhood Autumn Festival

UPDATE after the festival! Thanks to everyone who joined in the fall fun. Congrats to Duos Catering, the winner of the chili cook-off. $3,110 was raised for the West Seattle Food Bank.


Photos by: Westside Seattle Patrick Robinson

Harvest Fest 2017

The West Seattle merchants and community organizations have been planning another Harvest Festival event full of FREE, fun and family arts, crafts and game booths.

Sunday, October 29th

10am to 2pm

Join families and friends for the 6th annual West Seattle Harvest Fest!

Check out the festival fun:

NEW in 2017 is a root beer garden! Yes, it’s true – we’re got a full root beer garden this year for people of all ages. Brought to you by The Beer Junction who’ll be serving local root beer topped by a generous scoop of our hometown favorite Husky Deli vanilla ice cream. You be able to slurp up a full 16oz root beer for the low price of $3.50. Find the root beer garden on Alaska St by Easy Street Records.

FREE games and arts activities brought to you many merchants, nonprofits and community groups.

Chili Cook-off! See local restaurants go head-to-head at the chili cook-off (located by Key Bank at the all-walk). $10 buys you nine tastings – let your taste buds vote for the favorite! All proceeds goes to the West Seattle Food Bank. Check out the cook-off and buy yourself some chili, starting at 11am.

Meet in Junction Plaza Park (SW Alaska and 42nd Ave) for a homemade musical instrument activity lead by School of Rock West Seattle. Then join the West Seattle High School Marching Band and motorcyclists who will lead a children’s costume parade at 11:30 am around Harvest Festival.

Applepalooza and scavenger hunt brought to you by the West Seattle Farmers Market. Taste and vote for your favorite apples at the first Applepalooza at Harvest Fest.

Trick or Treat starts at 12 Noon. See what treats the Junction merchants and booths have for little hands.

Our Sunday farmers market will take the streets bringing the fall harvest and more.

Family activities include:

Making rock n’ roll buttons School of Rock (sponsor)

Trying out a guitar School of Rock (sponsor)

Witch hat ring toss (more challenging) and Pumpkin/ghost beanbag toss (easier for the little kids)  Music-themed activity books with crayons Endolyne Choir

Creating creatures using natural materials DNDA

Seed harvesting station. Kids are invited to pull seeds off of plants and create seed packets to take and plant flowers and vegetables at home. This year’s offerings will include sunflower, poppies, chard, mustard green, cilantro and green beans St Johns Baptist Episcopal Church

Kids fly fishing booth where they cast to a wood fish with some velcro on the nose Emerald Water Anglers

Spinner wheel/trivia game with questions related to Diaper need and the work we do to provide essential items to families in need in Western King County West Side Baby

Plinko.  Children will place a disc against a Plinko board and watch as it bounces through a maze of bolts before dropping to the bottom.  Excitement galore for all ages West Side School (sponsor)

Coloring pages  ‘Doot eyes masks Tic-Tac-Doot game Snooter-doots

Carnival themed booth Positive Behavior Supports

Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe, laminated tic tac toe boards with real mini pumpkins (white and orange) to play tic tac toe with friends, siblings or parents FIT4MOM (sponsor)

Cauldron Toss with bean bags and cauldrons Little Gym of West Seattle

Teaching kids how to hand toss pizza dough. Kids will be given dough balls and shown how to stretch and toss the dough Pagliacci Pizza (sponsor)

Fishing game. Children will have a bamboo pole with a clip on the end. They will drop the line with the clip over a covered rail and get a snack size bag of goldfish crackers as the prize West Seattle Eagles

The Seattle Police Department will provide a game/activity that is both police and fall related SPD

Halloween beading project for ages 3 and up. Bead a necklace with beads, ribbon and a spider decoration Healing Tree

Dog-child safety quiz game, in which kids demonstrate on a fake demonstration dog how they would approach and interact with a strange dog Puget Sound Puppers

Marble painting representing a spider web, spider glued on Alki Art Fair (sponsor)

Pumpkin/ small gourd decoration booth with glow in the dark paint, glitter, gogglie eyes and other fun crafts that can be added JuNO

Jump rope team will perform and provide a workshop sharing the joy, fitness and fun of jumping rope! This workshop will include music and fun for kids (and adults!) Roperworks Team

Feed the Monster game. Similar to tossing a ball or bean bag in to a box Quail Park Memory Care

Tea light Lanterns out of School milk cartons, which the children decorate and put handles on Calvary Chapel West Seattle

Pumpkins toss with bean bags tossed into hollowed out pumpkins, and a CHILDREN’S BASKETBALL  HOOP which they have a jack-o-lantern ball Calvary Chapel West Seattle

Provide face painting for the kids, with various harvest-related themed designs Calvary Chapel West Seattle

Cards (paw prints, leaves, pumpkins) they can stamp/design/color Close to Home Pet Services

Fall pumpkin place mat that kids can color in the face.  The place mat includes table topic questions for conversation at the dinner table Dream Dinners (sponsor)

Take your own photo booth City Mouse (outside of City Mouse)

Button making and exploring instruments School of Rock at Junction Plaza Park (sponsor)

Kid’s coloring books and old maid cards to hand out to the kids Procura Mortgage Company

Photo booths with props under one canopy, and art frame-making station West Seattle Christian (sponsor)

Gratitude hand turkey and decorate, using feathers, paper pates, markers, glue Holy Rosary School (sponsor)

Engineering project with marshmallows and toothpicks Holy Rosary (sponsor)

Spin-the-wheel game SWYFS

Coloring pages from the Be SMART program, and paint to put handprints on the white tablecloth Be Smart

Paper plate piggies! With all the googly eyes, glitter and paint! Pecos Pit (sponsor)

Coloring sheets ArtsWest

Trailmix PCC (sponsor)

FREE hot chocolate and a plinko game (sponsor)

THANK YOU to the Harvest Fest Sponsors:


Wine Walk Preview Interview with Three of Cups Winery

Interview with the Winemaker – Lisa Swei from Three of Cups Winery

Maya David

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Three of Cups Winery, from the Artisan Hill area of Woodinville, specializes in premium Washington State wines with an emphasis on Petite Syrah. Three of Cups is run by two winemakers – Lisa Swei and Mike Metheny – both with backgrounds in the Seattle-based tech industry who have been producing and selling artisanal wine since 2013.

After speaking with Swei, it is clear Three of Cups values the mantra that quality wine comes from exceptional fruit – buy only the grape, never the juice. Three of Cups also values the outcome of experimenting with the blending of grapes to produce varietals full of complex flavor. One of those experimentations began with Petite Syrah grapes.

Swei says, “Petite Syrah is a varietal that is an undervalued grape in Washington State. Even though we bought it as a blender, we liked this big wine so much we ended up producing a single varietal and selling out of it in the wine club.” Expect to see big bold reds like this one and the Chariot Red Blend (a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah) and white wine blends during the Wine Walk.

When asked what wine means to Swei, she brought up human connection. “For me, it’s having people feel good and come together. You always want to share a glass of wine with someone. It gives that human interaction and people are actually talking together, celebrating together.”

Swei’s favorite part of the winemaking process is meeting new customers and educating them about wine: introducing someone to a new wine, seeing their reaction and how their palette changes with different wines. “Trying wine is as simple as: you either like it or you don’t.”

On advice for new tasters during the upcoming Wine Walk or someone new to wine, “Don’t limit yourself to just reds or whites and try different things you normally wouldn’t try. Break that barrier and try something different. If you don’t like it, you can always spit it out.”

Three of Cups Winery will be pouring tastes at the Virago Art Gallery on Alaska Street during the Wine Walk on September 28th from 6-9pm.

Photo Credit: Woodinville Wine Country